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body count

1. The number of people killed in a particular incident, especially soldiers killed in a military effort. The body count is uncertain after the earthquake, but we expect the number to rise as rescue efforts continue. The body count in the latest fight against insurgents is the highest yet.
2. The number of people who participate or are involved in a given activity or situation. I have a body count of about 24 people so far, so it looks like we're still waiting for a few more to join the tour.
See also: body, count

body English

An often involuntary or unconscious movement of the body to try and manipulate or influence the course of an object that is already in motion. I always find bowlers' body English humorous, as they contort their bodies to try to will the ball toward the pins.
See also: body, English

body language

Any gesture, posture, or movement of the body or face to nonverbally communicate emotions, information, or emphasis. His voice was calm and steady, but his body language was quite hostile and threatening. Many US presidents develop signature body language that one can easily recognize when they are speaking in public.
See also: body, language

body of water

An area of the earth that is covered by water. The oceans are the largest bodies of water on the planet.
See also: body, of, water

sell (one's) body

To have sexual intercourse or perform sexual acts for money; to prostitute oneself. Things had become so desperate for Jacob that he even considered selling his body just to earn enough to eat each day.
See also: body, sell

body check

In ice hockey, a form of contact in which one player hits ("checks") another with his body. That was a heck of a body check! Great job keeping their players out of our end.
See also: body, check

body blow

1. A strong hit to one's body. Everyone in the audience gasped when the seasoned boxer took a body blow from his opponent and dropped to his knees in agony.
2. By extension, a large disappointment or setback. Olivia's dreams of becoming a professional ice skater took a body blow when she tore a ligament in her right knee. The scandal was a body blow to the politician's career, and he retired to the private sector.
See also: blow, body

body and soul

Fully; totally. When I met my husband, I just knew, body and soul, that we would end up together—there was not a doubt in my mind. She stayed at the office until one in the morning because she believes in this cause body and soul.
See also: and, body, soul

the body politic

The inhabitants of a nation taken together as a political entity. How do you think the body politic will vote in this election?
See also: body, politic

move (one's) body

To dance. Get up and move your body! The band is playing your favorite song!
See also: body, move

serve (one) right

To be or deliver the appropriate or deserved consequence(s) for one's improper actions. It serves John right that Dave threw him out of his party last night. He was acting like such a jerk! My girlfriend broke up with me after she found out I had been cheating on her. Serves me right, I suppose. You tripped while making fun of those kids? Serves you right!
See also: right, serve

body politic

the people of a country or state considered as a political unit. The body politic was unable to select between the candidates.
See also: body, politic

enough to keep body and soul together

Fig. very little; only enough to survive. (Usually refers to money.) When he worked for the library, Marshall only made enough to keep body and soul together. Maria's savings were just enough to keep body and soul together while she looked for another job.
See also: and, body, enough, keep, soul, together

*in a body

Fig. as a group of people; as a group; in a group. (*Typically: arrive some place ~; go ~; leave ~; reach some place ~; travel ~.) The tour members always traveled in a body.
See also: body

keep body and soul together

Fig. to manage to keep existing, especially when one has very little money. (Compare this with keep the wolf from the door.) We hardly had enough to keep body and soul together. I don't earn enough money to keep body and soul together.
See also: and, body, keep, soul, together

know where all the bodies are buried

Fig. to know all the secrets and intrigue from the past; to know all the relevant and perhaps hidden details. He is a good choice for president because he knows where all the bodies are buried. Since he knows where all the bodies are buried, he is the only one who can advise us.
See also: all, body, bury, know

Over my dead body!

Inf. Fig. a defiant phrase indicating the strength of one's opposition to something. (A joking response is "That can be arranged.") Sally: Alice says she'll join the circus no matter what anybody says. Father: over my dead body! Sally: Now, now. You know how she is. Bill: I think I'll rent out our spare bedroom. Sue: over my dead body! Bill (smiling): That can be arranged.
See also: dead

put weight on some part of the body

to subject an injured body part, as a foot or knee, to the weight of standing, to test its strength. My doctor told me I can put weight on my broken leg next week.
See also: body, of, on, part, put, weight

warm body

a person; just any person (who can be counted on to be present). See if you can get a couple of warm bodies to stand at the door and hand out programs. You mean among all these warm bodies nobody knows calculus?
See also: body, warm

over my dead body

I will never let this happen “Wouldn't it be cool if Dad's band played at your party?” “Over my dead body!”
Usage notes: said in reaction to what someone else has said
See also: body, dead

not have a type of bone in your body

to have none of the characteristic described He was friendly and kind and didn't have a mean bone in his body.
See also: body, bone, have, not

a body blow

  (mainly British)
something that causes serious difficulty or disappointment Losing the court case was a body blow to animal rights campaigners. Her hopes of competing in the Olympics were dealt a body blow when she fell and injured her back.
See also: blow, body

body and soul

if you do something or believe something body and soul, you do it or believe it completely She dedicated herself to her research, body and soul.
See keep body and soul together
See also: and, body, soul

he/she doesn't have a [jealous, mean, unkind etc.] bone in his/her body

something that you say in order to emphasize that someone is not jealous, mean, unkind etc. He'd never deliberately hurt someone's feelings - he doesn't have a mean bone in his body.
See be cut to the bone, chill to the bone, be chilled to the bone
See also: body, bone, have, he, unkind

over my dead body

if you say that something will happen over your dead body, you mean that you will do everything you can to prevent it 'Josh says he's going to buy a motorbike.' 'Over my dead body!' If they cut down those trees, they'll do it over my dead body.
See also: body, dead

keep body and soul together

to just be able to pay for the things that you need in order to live We can barely keep body and soul together on what he earns.
See also: and, body, keep, soul, together

body blow

An action that causes severe damage, as in This last recession dealt a body blow to our whole industry. This term comes from boxing, where since the 18th century it has been used to refer to a punch that is landing between the opponent's chest and navel. [c. 1900]
See also: blow, body

body English

Movements of the body that express a person's feelings, as in His body English tells us just how tired he is. This expression originated about 1900 in such sports as bowling and ice hockey, where a player tries to influence the path of a ball or puck by moving his body in a particular direction. (It was based on the earlier use of English to mean "spin imparted to a ball.")
See also: body, English

keep body and soul together

Stay alive, support life, as in He earns barely enough to keep body and soul together. This expression alludes to the belief that the soul gives life to the body, which therefore cannot survive without it. Today it most often is applied to earning a living. [Early 1700s]
See also: and, body, keep, soul, together

over my dead body

In no way, under no circumstances, as in Over my dead body will you drop out of high school. This hyperbolic expression is often used jokingly. [Early 1800s]
See also: body, dead

body count

1. n. the total of dead bodies after a battle. The body count at Hill 49 was three.
2. n. the total number of casualties after some kind of shake-up. The pink slips are coming out every day. The body count on Monday was twenty-three.
3. n. a count of people present. The body count was about forty-five at the meeting.
See also: body, count

body shake

n. a shakedown of the body; a skin-search. (see also shakedown.) They give everybody who passes through these doors a body shake.
See also: body, shake

Over my dead body!

and OMDB
exclam. & comp. abb. [You won’t do it] if I can stop you from doing it! You’ll do it OMDB.
See also: dead

warm body

n. just anyone who can be counted on to stay alive. See if you can get a couple of warm bodies to stand at the door and hand out programs.
See also: body, warm

take the body

To play in a rough physical way, dealing out many body checks, as in hockey.
See also: body, take

over my dead body

Used to express dramatic refusal.
See also: body, dead
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